It’s been 9 months since we got married and I am finally getting around to writing the blog posts with all the details. After such an intense period of Pinterest / DIY addiction in the run up to the wedding, I had visions of how wonderful my blog would be with all of my many, many posts…and then I just got distracted (read lazy). However, it was an incredible weekend and it deserves a good ol’ blog or two. So here we go!
Overall, I went very much down the crazy vintage, collect everything myself route. It’s a slippery, addictive slope and I fell straight into it and never returned. I now try to pass on my addiction to other brides to be, because who likes a lonely addict? No one! Addicts with company are always better. They make you feel less sad.
I’m making up the structure of these blog posts (and I’ll write posts against each one eventually and for those already done there should be links that for some reason are really hard to see) as I go but a few DIY things I did that I think made a huge impact (read I remember compliments about it so my ego was happy) were:
Running out of things that were awesome so asking Paul and he says he remembers (direct quote)…
“Hello Ailbhe. Keys. Cups. The other stuff.”
So given I’ve covered off keys in #4 and cups in #3, I think that’s about covers the blockbuster hits.
Other non-DIY highlights include:
1. Served local craft beer at the wedding (because we like to pretend we’re beer snobs, but I did concede to one keg of Guinness for the Yanks present)
2. Collected Paul’s favorite bourbons, whiskeys and scotches in the US (and smuggling them into Ireland)
3. Had Paul’s dad, who is retired in France, spend months go around Europe and find the perfect white and red wines and champagne (and smuggle these into Ireland)
4. Put on laser tag in the woods of the venue on the Sunday afternoon
5. Had two bands – the first was incredible and got the party started and the second was a traditional Irish ceili band that came on at 2am to keep the party going
6. Had a bus to take the guests from the airport to the venue (as it was in the back arse of nowhere), as well as to and from the venue to the church
7. Had Paul and his groomsmen get a traditional hot towel shave on the morning of the ceremony
8. Had a venue that allowed for complete customization
9. Had amazing caterers
10. Had a photographer who specialized in “documentary” style photos (my words, I’m sure she has a better/fancier term for it) that captured the moments, not the posed photos.
I’m sure there is more but that will kick us off for now!